Sunday, May 20, 2012

Pour Myself a Cup of Ambition...

Oh. Em. Gee. It's been so long! I got sick, like a lot sick, and was out for a while. Then I saw a specialist who told me my septum was deviant, (which explained a lot), and that was keeping oxygen from flowing freely to my brain thereby explaining my exhaustion, but not my dehydration. So I opted for surgery, which is not as fun as it sounds.

In between all this we finally finished our kitchen! And Jane Fonda hugged me. Not in that order.
So,...some befores?






That's right, asbestos floor, navajo white cabinets, tile counters, lathe and plaster, everything that only makes a redo more impossible. Nothing plumb, nothing level, nothing at all, in any way, easy.

And now, what you've all been waiting for...
We finished the sink and the mini subway tiles! Which was really hard! Since nothing is plumb or level, our solution was to use matching birch trim to frame out the tile. Quarter round tiles didn't work and I couldn't find any tiles that had finished edges. 


Bug plate! I think it is a perfect mix of me and John.
I love the beads I added to my wood mini blinds...
Paint brush storage!
Maybe those canisters hide something,...you'll never know...
To refab the doors, my husband knocked off the top rail, cut the door down to size with the handles still on them and then reattached the top rail piece. I painted and he rehung the same doors. He says it was super tricky.

I put a piece of cork under the toaster. No idea if the heat from the toaster will do any damage. It looks nice and might help. Plus I got it for 49 cents at a thrift store.
Take a turn about the room...
 What?! Did I leave my Mother's Day stuff up?!
The thrifted basket lamp...
Discount IKEA cabinets...
Things I need close at hand...
Mini Buddha shelf...

The beginnings of our front yard landscaping plan...
So much fresher and cleaner! No more dirty grout and sink full of 80 year old stains...

Next up, landscape the front yard, finish painting the house, turn my garage into an outdoor dining room...hopefully, my nose surgery will solve my exhaustion so I can get back into the swing of things! And maybe it will solve my money problems and I will get everything I want for free!!

Thanks for hangin' out with me! I always liked you best!

(Oh! I almost forgot! Jane Fonda...My husband worked on the HBO show The Newsroom and we went to the wrap party whereupon I talked to Jane Fonda and she pulled me in for a hug! She's delightful and down to earth and I highly recommend getting a hug from her. It may have led me to my improved mood and rehydration!)







25 comments :

Terri said...

I'm impressed. And that's not easy to do. You make me want to finish our remodel. But now I'm tired from all of work. Anyway, great job!

Brooke Gomhp said...

wow Great makeover I love the colors!
Thanks for linking up at Gomhp!

Hugs
brooke

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Your kitchen belongs in a magazine. It is so fun and fresh!! Enjoy. Megan

Maggie said...

This is adorable! Love the clean, fresh look and as Terri said, this was not easy. Great job!

Karla said...

OMG! This is wonderful. I love it. I love all the color. Great combo. It's so happy and sweet. I am seriously in love with it. You guys did an AMAZING job.

Sarah said...

Your kitchen looks fantastic! It is so fun and bright and happy. I love it!

MuseBootsi said...

Thank you so much! It took about 2 years to finish and I'll probably keep tweaking it...
Also? I wish the rest of my house looked that happy...give me another 2 years...

altadenahiker said...

Raold Dahl could set an entire story in that kitchen. (I didn't know you had surgery and were feeling so crappy. Had I known, I would have baked you something, which is probably why you didn't tell me.)

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

What a wonderful job! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

cheapcraftymama said...

That is ADORABLE, love it! Great job! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at my Pin It and Win It Party-- where you can win free ad-space on my blog!

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

Wow it's beautiful! The colors & the feel of the room is just amazing!

Haydee said...

WOWZA woman, this is a fantastic job!! Love your color choices, back splash, sink, etc...how could you not be happy in this kitchen! Hat's off and will be checking in with you often to see what else you're up to!

Kim said...

Wow! What a change! I am madly in love with your sink. And i love the colors and the backsplash. IT is amazing!

Becolorful said...

So hope you are feeling better. You know I like you best. :D Thanks so much for sharing on BeColorful. You know I can hardly wait to feature you this weekend.
hugs. Feel better. As for Jane, good to know. I don't always agree with her but hey you have to look at who she is today.
p

twelve-O-eight said...

No, I don't want you to yell at your kids lol, you are hilarious, love it! Wow, surviving a remodel with kids, sheesh, you are amazing. Loving the happy cheerful colors. Now following, Tanya :)

Paula said...

I really like the colors in your kitchen. Great job with the remodel! Where did you get your countertops?

I am looking forward to reading more of your blog!

Come by and visit me at Home in Douglas!

MuseBootsi said...

Paula! We bought our counters at IKEA. We had to buy one 8 foot piece and a 4 foot piece. And we used Liberon oil to finish them. At least 8 coats around the sink...even with the upkeep, we really like the warmth and character they bring. Plus, we've prepped ourselves for their eventual destruction due to living with two young boys!

Decorating Insanity said...

I am completely jealous because your kitchen is very similar to mine, but since I'm in a rental I can't do a darn thing about it. I will be sharing your kitchen on my site later this week as I wish I could do this to my kitchen post. I'll let you know when.
xoxo...mONICa

MuseBootsi said...

Monica! We rented this house for 8 years before we bought it from our landlords! That's 8 years of plotting and planning and dreaming! The ink was still wet when I started tearing up the floor! So I completely understand...

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love how your kitchen turned out! It is soooo you! Love all the colors. I featured it on Mod Mix Monday!

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

What a bright and cheerful kitchen you now have--I like it!

Cassidy said...

What an amazing makeover! I love the bright colors! Great job!!

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Sass - aka - Kathy said...

Come on over and grab yourself a button - you're my favorite link from last week's Sunday Salvation Show - Standing O!

Elena said...

What a gorgeous transformation!! (And now I'm going to have the 9-5 theme song running through my head all day!!)--Elena

sylbeea said...

I just found your blog after doing a google image search to see what different backsplash tiles look like with wood countertops--I will likely spend the rest of the day neglecting my kids while I drool over your paint colors/decor. I also feel like I can sort of see the light at the end of the kitchen renovation tunnel, ha! So glad to have found this pretty, inspirational blog. x

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